Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher from California is absolutely livid that Santa Cruz, California decided to reverse an order that would have removed homeless citizens from the area, and instead they are offering areas for the homeless to camp and be undisturbed by law enforcement. Rohrabacher represents everything that is wrong with the Republican Party – A Party that recently admitted that they hate poor people. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.


Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher is absolutely furious that the city of Santa Cruz, California is being decent to homeless people. Here’s a little back story on this. Recently, Orange County in California wanted to do something about homeless people, so they were going to remove park benches. They were going to remove any place where homeless people could go sleep. They were going to destroy those little tent cities that they had set up. They didn’t want homeless people anywhere around their county, so Santa Cruz came in and said, “Okay, well look, if you’re kicking all these homeless people out, we’re going to do something to help them. We’re going to set up temporary shelters for them so that they’re not just wandering the streets at night in the cold, in the rain, and the heat, and whatever. We’re going to treat them like the human beings they actually are.” That is what has pissed off Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher.

Here’s what Rohrabacher specifically said: “As a parent who owns a modest home in an Orange County neighborhood, I join the outrage that we are assuming responsibility for homeless people, taking care of their basic needs, and elongating their agony by removing the necessity to make fundamental decisions about the way they live their lives.” According to Rohrabacher, every single person that’s homeless in Orange County is so because they’ve either screwed up their life somehow by poor decisions they’ve made, or because they want to be. Taking care of their basic needs, that is a specific line pulled out of his little quote there, taking care of their basic needs.

How dare we as a society try to take care of somebody’s basic needs, like food, and shelter, running water, a toilet? Yeah, that’s a real crappy thing for a city or a county to try to do, right? Rohrabacher’s comments here are a continuation of the Republican Party’s hatred of poor people. It’s not a disdain for poor people. It’s not a preference for rich people. It is a deep-seated hatred built in to the Republican Party itself to hate poor people. There are plenty of studies out there. There is plenty of empirical data to show that most people who are homeless did not make poor choices in life. They’re the victims of circumstances, of a down economy, of financial scams, financial frauds. Plenty of people lost their homes and had nowhere to go after the housing bubble crash, which was caused by the big banks, but yeah, let’s blame the homeless people. Let’s keep them out of our sight, because if we don’t see it happening, then it’s not really happening, right, Dana? Is that how it works?

You are a disgusting human being, absolutely disgusting, just like those Republicans from Colorado recently who tweeted out that Republicans hate poor people because being poor is beneath the dignity of a man. Guess what? Sometimes people are poor, and as a civilized country, as one of the wealthiest countries in the world, we have a duty to take care of them. As a Christian, as these Republicans claim to be, you have a religious obligation to take care of them. That’s actually part of your religion, if you want to get into that little place you call heaven, because if you treat people like dirt, if you treat them as anything less than a human being, guess what? According to your religion that you subscribe to, you’re going to burn for all of eternity.

Is that what you want, just so that you don’t have to see homeless people when you’re driving to and from your house? Is that worth it? I don’t know. That’s what you believe, but you’re not doing anything to solve the problem. You would rather these people sleep out there on the sidewalks, get run over from sleeping in the streets then treat them like basic human beings. Rohrabacher represents every single thing that is wrong with the modern-day Republican Party, and it’s not just Rohrabacher, it’s damn near every single one of them.

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced